In a recent interview, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton declined she mishandled classified info despite ‘disturbing’ e-mail that was recently released by the State Department in response of an official investigation.
The e-mail, which dates back from the time she was Secretary of State, contains her instructions to Jake Sullivan, a subordinate who now serves as an adviser in her campaign, to send classified information over a nonsecure line.
The e-mail was a response to Sullivan’s request for help after he had encountered a difficulty in sending the information over a secure channel.
“If they can’t, turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure,”
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her aide.
Clinton explained that some information can be transmitted through secure communications lines while other information can only be transmitted through secured means. She told reporters that this is a known fact to everyone who does business with governments worldwide.
Clinton also said that Sullivan had never followed her order to send the classified information as unclassified. She is currently facing a probe conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the way she handled sensitive information during her tenure as Secretary of State under President Obama. The investigation started when info surfaced that she had used a private e-mail server to run government affairs at that time.
Clinton declined on various occasions that she had access to classified information via the server. The State Department confirmed Friday that Sullivan did not send the info as requested and acknowledged that unclassified information is often send through unsecured connections.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R. -Iowa) deemed the recently released e-mail ‘disturbing.’ He noted that the document clearly showed her instructing Sullivan to mask the classified document as an unclassified one and send it via a non-secure line.
The e-mail is part of about 3,000 Clinton e-mails released by the State Department Jan. 8.
Grassley was also anxious to learn for how long Obama administration had known about the e-mail and kept it hidden, and why the document was released so late. He also added that since it is unclear whether the documents were actually transmitted, the FBI should conduct a criminal investigation.
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